One of the things I like most about living in New Mexico is that I don't feel big vacations are as important as they once were.
In any given weekend, or even day trip right from my house, one might visit these National and State Parks, Monuments, and other recreation areas:
Aztec Ruins Monument : Bandelier National Monument : Capulin Volcano National Monument : Carlsbad Caverns National Park : Chaco Culture National Historical Park : El Malpais National Monument : El Morro National Monument : Gila cliff Dwellings National Monument : Petroglyph National Monument : Salinas Publo Missions National Monument : White Sands National Monument : Aguirre Spring Recreation Area : Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area : Angle Peak Scenic Area : Bisti Wilderness Area : Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge : Bottomless Lakes State Park : Cimarron Canyon State Park : City of Rocks State Park : De_Na_Zin Wilderness Area : Elephant Butte Lake State Park : Jemez Mountains : Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument : Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park : Navajo Lake State Park : Oliver Lee Memorial State Park : Rock Hound State park : Route 66 (and all of the cities and towns it goes through and by) : San Juan Basin Badlands : Shiprock : Valley of FIres Recreation Area : Wild Rivers Recreation Area
This is by no means an exclusive list. The various tribal areas are not on the list at all except for Chaco. The national and state forest areas where hiking and camping are not listed as well, nor are the museums or preserves. Those underlined are ones I have been to. The others are part of my long list of places to visit.